5 Awesome Benefits of Pilates Mat Exercises

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in Pilates Benefits

We’ve all had time to reflect on the importance of being physically and mentally healthy. Counting the days until the lockdown ends, we’ve resolved to take better care of ourselves. But let’s face it, it’s hard to commit to a fitness program when there’s no tangible result, right? If you’re looking for a workout not just for the body but also the mind, then Pilates mat exercises are a good start. Aside from whipping you up into shape, Pilates teaches centering, concentration, and control—but how does knowing all that help you IRL? Read on to find out! Mat Pilates is perfect for beginners because the reps can be adjusted to your physical capability. Plus, you’ll only need a mat, some floor space, and everyday items you can use as exercise aids. It involves floor workouts that build body strength and activate the brain’s stress-busting functions. With Pilates’ emphasis on the body/mind connection, it’s easier to grasp how toning, flexibility, coordination, and focus come together to make life easier…and just happier! So, let’s cut to the chase and tell you exactly how Pilates mat exercises can make you look great simply because you feel so good! Sign Up for Affordable Pilates Mat Online Classes NOW 1. Burns Fat and Calories Flabby abs, chubby arms and legs, bulky hips and backsides…these are why most of us are driven to exercise. Luckily for us, Pilates mat exercises target the body’s powerhouse—abdominal and lower back muscles, glutes, hips, and pelvic floor. While strengthening the body’s core is the goal of Pilates mat exercises, you’ll most likely burn off calories and shed excess pounds in the process. But if you want to lose weight fast, then you might want to take up running, swimming, and other cardio workouts on top of Pilates. Traditional Pilates was designed as a low-impact workout meant to build up strength gradually. Although, research shows it’s also effective in lowering BMI and calorie count, and results in a slimmer waist, flatter abs, and leaner hips too. Picture this: if you weigh about 150lbs and you’re doing beginner Pilates mat classes for 50 minutes, then you’ll shed about 175 calories. Our muscles continue burning off calories even after working out so, the longer you’re at it, the stronger and shapelier you get. 2. Makes You Look Taller We wear heels and elevator shoes to look taller because…why not? Doesn’t hurt to add a few centimeters to your height, right? In fact, Miss World 2003 Rosanna Davison credits Pilates for making her half-an-inch taller. Well, Pilates can’t make you grow actually but, with all that stretching, your spine becomes more aligned, back muscles are elongated, and the cushioning between the vertebrae gets more room to breathe. Pilates may not be able to lengthen your bones but it will correct your posture with consistent practice. These days it’s normal to spend long hours...

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How To Strengthen Immunity, Improve Mental Health, And Age Gracefully? Say YES to a Healthy Lifestyle!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Pilates Benefits

HomePilates Benefits Nowadays, it’s no longer a question “if you’re busy” but rather, “how busy are you?” On any given day, our to-do lists are typically long and our stress levels are frequently high, especially in these alarming circumstances.   Between work, home life, and many other “more important” responsibilities, sometimes there’s hardly enough time for anything else, much less exercise. It’s easy to undermine our health when deadlines are looming and bills are piling up. These days we’ve all been compelled to take a pause to consider how truly important it is to be healthy in both body and mind. We may not notice how often we take our own well-being for granted, but as we age and become more susceptible to health risks, it gets clearer. Now we know what it means to have a strong immune system—why a good diet and regular exercise are strong armors against disease. Now we appreciate what it means to be in good mental health—intellectually and emotionally equipped to handle unforeseen circumstances. So, what does it take to get from neglecting your health to adopting a healthy lifestyle? Find the time to exercise and make a routine out of it. Be mindful of your emotional state and learn how to master your impulses. Let’s all begin the journey to attaining a positive perspective on life by saying YES to these resolutions for healing and well-being. Read more: What is Pilates? YES, I’ll exercise to protect myself from illness! You make yourself vulnerable to illness when you stick to a sedentary daily routine. While vitamin supplements could help, exercising every day increases your immunity against disease and lessens health risk factors. However, strengthening your immune system through exercise is not a magic bullet—you have to know when enough is enough. Studies show that a long duration of exercise may also lead to weakened immune functions. While exercise done in moderation releases hormones and enzymes that protect the body against infections caused by intracellular microorganisms, too much could cause disruptions in our system. High-intensity exercise in long durations could make you feel more exhausted than rejuvenated. Too much exertion may increase the concentration of anti-inflammatory hormones as the body responds to high levels of stress. In effect, it increases our susceptibility to infections! Let’s face it, the gym isn’t for everyone. Different people have unique interests, inclinations, and physical conditions. So, if you’re looking for alternatives to the gym, Pilates Plus offers introductory classes and group promos to start you on your way to a long-term immunity-boosting regimen to suit your pace and personal capabilities. Learn more: Benefits of Exercise YES, I’ll be mindful to maintain my mental health! When we don’t exercise our body, we fail to give our brain the boost it needs to stay sharp. The most common consequences of refusing stubbornly to sweat it out are brain fog and poor...

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10 Things You Can Get Out of a Pilates Reformer Class in Singapore

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Blogs, Pilates Benefits

A Pilates Reformer is probably the most recognizable equipment for this type of fitness regimen. Its hulking size may seem intimidating at first, but if you can go past your first impression, you’d be surprised at the range of benefits it provides. Here we break down 8 reasons why a Pilates Reformer Class in Singapore will be a good addition to your fitness regimen.   What is a Pilates Reformer? Pilates is either performed on a mat or specialised equipment called a Reformer, originally called a “Universal Reformer”. It is one of the 12 original Pilates devices which is designed as a bed-like structure rigged with bedsprings, headboards, and footboards. At first look, it may appear like a medieval torture device, but the overall design is intended to provide resistance when executing Pilates exercises. Today, a Pilates Reformer comes with a more streamlined design. Different companies add their own spin to it with the intent to make it more efficient. The market now has a range of designs, from a Home Pilates Reformer to commercial-grade machines strapped with all the necessary bells and whistles to improve core strength, flexibility, balance, and stability.   Benefits of a Pilates Reformer 1. A strong core Centering is the focal point of the Pilates method. It refers to the core of the body, or the “powerhouse,” where all the energy begins and radiates outward to the extremities. The level of resistance is adjusted by the number of springs that are attached. For example, one would provide the least resistance, while five represents maximum resistance that you can get from a standard Reformer. This versatile, impact-free workout puts emphasis on strengthening the pelvic floor and the deep core muscles. When these muscles are engaged properly, they develop a stronger body with a stable foundation. Research even showed that a Reformer Pilates session can improve core stability in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. With the strength arising from the core, one can maintain good control of the movements performed. 2. Improves overall strength While targeting the core also allows better execution and command of the different muscles, Reformer classes also challenge the entire body. The pushing and pulling motion experienced by all your extremities against the resistance springs, carriage and body weight gradually builds strength. Without creating so much impact on your joints, it allows you to work all your muscle groups, even up to the smallest musculature in a precise and controlled fashion. This kind of strength training preserves and enhances your muscle mass. 3. Provides a full range of motion The cables and bars of a Reformer device allows you to move your body with a full range of motion which is something that you might not be able to achieve on your own. It encourages you to extend to the fullest while you follow the track. With usual exercise, and without so much...

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Does Pilates Cause Weight Loss?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Pilates Benefits, Pilates Exercise

In every fitness activity, the first question that always come to mind is whether this can help us shed the excess weight. While each exercise routine has its own strengths and benefits, to a certain extent these activities can help us lose weight. Pilates exercises are no exception. So if you are aiming for weight loss through Pilates, here’s what you need to understand. Check out our Classes for Pilates in Singapore The Process Behind Pilates Unlike other crushing, high intensity exercise programs, Pilates seem relatively passive. But, in reality it is no passive pursuit, rather its focus is on the concept of control instead of seemingly endless reps and muscle exhaustion. In Pilates, the muscles work to lift against gravity or the resistance of bands and springs. This exercise require you to take your time, focus on the task at hand, maintain balance, and to apply proper breathing.   What you learn from Pilates will actually provide you with a good solid bedrock for fitness and wellness. For example, full breathing exercises (which are also part of the program) can feed and stimulate the circulatory system. This is a cleansing process that can help detoxify the blood and refresh the cells. That is the basic component for the vitality we need to gain optimum benefit out of the exercises we perform. Adding to that, Core Pilates exercises also brings a lot of advantages that radiates to different parts of the body. So, where does weight loss come in? Weight Loss Before we tackle that question, it is important that we understand how our body process weight loss. The body loses weight, or body fat, by burning more calories than what is consumed. Our system burns a certain amount of calories in order to perform metabolic processes that are necessary to sustain life – this is called resting metabolism. Individuals may increase their resting metabolism by performing resistance training that increases muscle density.  This allows the body to burn even more calories – including stored body fat – at rest. Remember, the body can only lose weight if it is in a negative energy balance. This means that you must take in less energy (this means food or calories) than you need on a regular and consistent basis. When this happens, the body must rely on its stores of fat, glycogen, and muscles as fuels. The result is the loss of body weight. Pilates and Weight Loss Most bodyweight routines in Pilates classes can be pretty intense. Studios develop their own programs that can help you burn the excess calories. Pilates can assist in weight loss by affecting your overall body composition – the kind of redistribution many of us aim to achieve. A proper Pilates workout require that one masters a series of bodyweight exercises through the mat as well as endless routines on different resistance devices (e.g....

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The Benefits of Pilates on the Health Risks Imposed By Long Hours of Sitting

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blogs, Pilates Benefits

Are you spending most of your day sitting, hunched over your computer for hours at work? We are aware that too much sitting can be detrimental to our health. But do you really know why it can bad for your muscles, or body in general? There are numerous studies which showed that sitting for long periods of time can result in a number of health concerns, like obesity and other metabolic problems. When left unchecked it can potentially lead to increased blood sugar, high blood pressure, and increased fat deposit around the waist. Furthermore, the effects may even lead to fatal consequences. Let’s dig a little deeper and understand why you need to be more physically active, and how Pilates can help you in that area. Problems Caused by Prolonged Sitting Cardiac Concerns Spending too much time sitting can have us reaping the effects of sedentary behaviour which could have one digging an early grave. Sitting slows down your blood flow and muscles burn less fat. This makes it easier for fatty acids to clog up your heart. This behaviour increases your risk for cardiovascular disease by up to 125%. Digestive Problems Sitting for prolonged hours after eating can cause your abdominal contents to compress, in effect, this slows down digestion. Lounging after a good grub may seem the least dangerous but it can actually lead to constipation, bloating and heartburn. Diabetes Did you know that a day of prolonged sitting can already affect how your body deals with insulin? This stimulates your pancreas to produce more of it, which could lead to diabetes. In fact, every extra hour that you stay sedentary increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%. However, it should be noted that sitting per se is not the problem, but rather closely associated to it. Cancer According to studies, there is a consistent relationship between the hours one spends sitting and the likelihood of getting three types of cancer: colon, endometrial and lung. The research looked into sedentary behaviour and the incidence of cancer by looking into several indicators such as recreational sitting time, occupational sitting and TV viewing time. Posture Problems Strained neck and shoulders to back pains, these are some of the postural problems caused  by prolonged sitting hours. Whether you are working on your computer or talking on your phone, it is common for you to hold your head and neck forward. This strains the cervical vertebrae resulting in permanent imbalances. Meanwhile, sitting creates more pressure on your spine compared to standing and this will only worsens when you spend hours hunched over your computer. Sitting excessively increases your risk of developing herniated disks. Muscle Degeneration Sitting causes you to use your abdominal muscles less, whereas standing would require you to tense your abdominal muscles more. When your core is left unused due to prolonged sitting, it gradually weakens....

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Pilates for Elders: Is It a Healthy Combination?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Blogs, Pilates Benefits

Photo Credit: Michael D. Dunn / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA Pilates has made its mark in the fitness scene, but would it also be a perfect exercise for the elderly? Exercise has always been an important component to being healthy, which – ironically – most of us fail to comply. Fitness experts, doctors, and even your shoe brand  have long been encouraging us to be active, and yet we always have reasons to put it off. Our wake-up call often comes too late, and this is usually a bout of sickness that would have us regretting how an hour of exercise everyday would have made a multitude of difference. But how does Pilates fare in keeping us healthy? In a person’s senior years, is Pilates an appropriate activity? If so, how is it better than other exercise programs out there? Trying out our classes is easy! All you do is check out our schedule here, then pick a class that you would like to attend and arrive 20 minutes early. We offer a FREE trial class for your first time! What is Pilates? You might have heard of the name, but you might not be really aware of what this exercise involves. Pilates, is a physical fitness method that was developed way back in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It involves low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements that dramatically transforms the way your body looks, performs, and feels. The exercises usually target the abdominals, the lower back, hips and thighs. These are done with the use of a floor mat and certain exercise equipment. Pilates is lauded to be a safe system of exercise not only for the body but for the mind as well. Who wouldn’t want that? The question now is – can your body withstand it? The physical limitations of old age The vigor and flexibility you once had in your younger years may not be the same as you get older. This is even more apparent when you fail to exercise your body regularly. So now you look for exercises that would still keep you healthy without straining your body too much. Let’s just say, your body may no longer be too agile for aerial yoga, or it might not hold up for certain cardio exercises either. So you find something that would suit your energy level. Pilates and older adults A lot of older adults have turned to Pilates to stay in shape without the greater risk for injuries common in weight bearing exercises. People in this age group need to pay attention to what their body is limited to doing, and not overstretching it for the sake of exercise – making Pilates a very good exercise routine option.  Remember, exercise need to build your body, and not burn it to the brink of injuries. This is Ruth, a 100-year-old woman who takes Pilates...

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